At KindlyMD, we see many patients who have a desire to reduce or eliminate their use of certain prescription medications. For example, a person suffering from anxiety may want to reduce or cease using a benzodiazepine (sedative) like Xanax.
According to a study published in the National Library of Medicine, as many as 44% of chronic benzodiazepine users become dependent on those drugs. We recognize benzodiazepines have an important place in treating anxiety, and they can be the most appropriate treatment for a given patient.
We also recognize that many patients don’t want to be dependent on prescriptions like Xanax for the treatment of stress or anxiety. Fortunately, there’s a long list of proven techniques that can reduce the strain and worries that we each face throughout our lives.
Let’s look at a few of the non-prescription options that can improve quality of life for people with stress and anxiety.
As you're probably aware, people use Medical Cannabis to treat a broad range of conditions, including stress and anxiety. In fact, stress and anxiety are among the most cited reasons for using cannabis to seek relief.
We’ll note that most Medical Cannabis programs in the United States do not recognize stress or anxiety as qualifying conditions. However, another qualifying condition–such as pain or cancer–may be the underlying source of stress or anxiety. In cases like these, a qualifying patient can use cannabis to treat multiple conditions at once.
Products high in cannabidiol (CBD) are perhaps the best option for people seeking relief from stress or anxiety through cannabis. Preclinical and animal research has shown CBD is quite effective in treating stress-related anxiety and lingering anxiety.
Research has also shown low doses of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can be effective in relieving stress and anxiety. It’s important to note, however, that THC is “biphasic.” This means THC can have one effect at smaller doses and the opposite effect at higher doses. Because of its biphasic nature, THC can actually induce anxiety when used at higher doses.
We always recommend the “start low and go slow” approach for patients beginning a Medical Cannabis treatment regimen. Please refer to our “Find Your ‘Just Right’ Dose” guide for using Medical Cannabis effectively. The guide will help you learn your minimum effective dose and significantly reduce the risk of unpleasant side effects.
KindlyMD recently launched its own line of gummies made with hemp-derived cannabinoids, including CBD and THC. Our CBN Blend gummies are ideal for people suffering from stress or anxiety. Research shows cannabinol (CBN) has sedative and anti-anxiety effects.
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that is widely used to treat stress and anxiety. It aims to change the way a person thinks and behaves, by identifying negative or unhelpful thoughts and behaviors and replacing them with more positive ones.
CBT is a short-term, goal-oriented therapy that involves regular sessions with a trained therapist. During these sessions, the therapist works with the patient to identify triggers for their stress or anxiety and develop coping strategies to manage them. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected and that by changing one, we can change the others.
CBT has been found to be effective in reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety, and can be used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with medication. This is a practical and evidence-based approach that empowers patients to take control of their thoughts and behaviors and can help them to live happier, healthier lives.
We invite KindlyMD patients to discuss the benefits of CBT with one of our Behavioral Health Clinicians.
Mindfulness meditation involves focusing your attention on the present moment without judgment. This practice can help you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, which can reduce stress and anxiety. Research has shown that mindfulness meditation can improve mood, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improve overall well-being.
To practice mindfulness meditation, sit or lie down in a quiet place and focus your attention on your breath. As you inhale and exhale, bring your attention back to your breath whenever your mind wanders.
Exercise is a powerful stress reliever that can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Physical activity releases endorphins, which are natural chemicals that promote feelings of well-being. Research has shown that exercise can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, along with improving one’s overall well-being.
To get started with exercise, choose an activity that you enjoy, such as walking, running, swimming, or cycling. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. You can also try group exercise classes like yoga, Pilates, or spin classes.